DOT-11 pushes campaign for “Visit Davao again” in 2016

It is time to “Visit Davao Again” is a call for those who have visited the region and the first timers with several destinations being readied for visitors to explore.  More so that summer is coming, the time is right to plan the visit.  Come and visit the island, the sea and the mountain. Walk to the malls and grab the best items when in summer the biggest Fun Sale unfolds. We will wait for you guys and experience again Davao’s best. The Tourism Department here is pushing this campaign as explained in this story …

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 6 (PNA) — The regional office of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is kicking off an aggressive campaign to entice tourists to visit Davao again in line with Visit Philippines 2016.

DOT 11 director Roberto Alabado III said the essence of the campaign is to encourage tourists who have visited the city to come back and explore more of Davvao’s tourism products.

“They still have a lot to do and the three days two nights stay in Davao City is not enough for one who is enjoying what is best in Davao,” he said.

The campaign commenced last year when it launched the “Summer In December”, a photo exhibit featuring the tourism sites of Davao in coordination with Park Inn.

He said the campaign also includes “where to go” of the best places in Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley Province.

Alabado said it has been their continuing advocacy for the tourists to come.

Meanwhile, Alabado disclosed a continuing increase in tourist arrivals because of the strong domestic market especially that Davao has become a MICE (Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) destination.

The foreign market is there to complement our tourist arrivals, he said.

He said the new direct air connection of Davao-Singapore will add up to the number of foreign tourists and ‘balikbayans’. (PNA)BNB/LCM/PRIX DIGNA D. BANZON/LDP


Because it’s summer …

During summer tourism destinations around the region hold activities either  in beach resorts or in the mountains from highland to island sites. Featuring not only their respective areas to visitors but also towards building relationships, meeting new friends and also the possibility of helping host communities strengthen their existing livelihood activities.  In ComVal, a festival is set to open this May where domestic tourists around Mindanao participate.  More on that event with this story I write about their summer beach sports festival  …   

Compostela Valley to hold 5th Summer Beach Sports Festival

Davao City, April 30 (PNA) — The province of Compostela Valley will hold its annual “Summer Beach Sports Festival” despite continuing rehabilitation from the disaster brought about by typhoon “Pablo” last December.

The provincial government decided to push through with the festival this summer as it has been a regular event for the past five years and people are looking forward to this.

Provincial tourism officer Christine Dompor said the holding of the festivities is also to raise awareness about the fragile state of the environment.

She said the beach festival will take place along the Pindasan, Mabini and Magnaga, Pantukan beaches to start this May 4.

Although she said that conducting the festival during summer made a difference in their visitor arrivals of about 5 to 10 percent but what is unique is that families come to visit our beaches where they hold family gatherings or reunions and join in the beach ball competition.

“The participants come from the different parts of the region,” she said.

Meanwhile, she said the swimming competition has participants coming from the various regions of Mindanao.

The race she said is an 800-900 meter race from Kopiat Island to the Mabini mainland coast.

Dompor recalled that their summer festival was awarded as the national champion in the 2010 ATOP-DOT National Search for Best Tourism Practice Awards.

She said the event this May features a series of beach sports event like water volleyball, beach volleyball, the 700-metre Kopiat Swimming Challenge, fire dance, body painting competition, regatta sailing contest, an amazing race competition, sea-kite flying, banca race, and bikini open.

The event she said is held within the 3,433-hectare Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape of Davao Gulf all weekends of May. (PNA)